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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2000
  • pp: 4313–4319

Correction of birefringence and thermal lensing in nonreciprocal resonators by use of a dynamic imaging mirror

Inon Moshe and Steven Jackel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 24, pp. 4313-4319 (2000)

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Enhanced correction of thermally induced birefringence in the presence of strong single-pass, azimuthally dependent bipolar focusing was achieved in single-rod laser oscillators by use of an adaptive optic rear mirror with image relay and aberration correction capabilities. Together with a Faraday rotator, the imaging variable radius mirror was successfully tested in stable and unstable Nd:Cr:GSGG power oscillators under variable pump power conditions from 0 to 800 W. Birefringence correction in the absence of ray retracing was achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: September 3, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2000
Published: August 20, 2000

Inon Moshe and Steven Jackel, "Correction of birefringence and thermal lensing in nonreciprocal resonators by use of a dynamic imaging mirror," Appl. Opt. 39, 4313-4319 (2000)

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